This pisses me off. For those of you that don’t want to go to the link the headline from the NYT is:
Kennedy Barred From Communion by Bishop
and the low-down:
Widening a growing rift, Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, a Rhode Island Democrat, said on Sunday that the Roman Catholic bishop of Providence had instructed him to refrain from receiving communion because of the congressman’s stance on abortion.
and in a letter to Kennedy the Bishop said…
“In light of the Church’s clear teaching, and your consistent actions,” the letter said, “I believe it is inappropriate for you to be receiving Holy Communion and I now ask respectfully that you refrain from doing so.”
Normally I’d probably just say meh- whatever. The dude can be Catholic if he wants, and the Catholic church can have whatever rules it wants. But I’m kinda sick of people parroting the line about how Catholics get to ‘exercise their conscience’ and all. According to the good Bishop Tobin- the Catholic church doesn’t think of it’s particular set of rules as a smorgasbord, and they don’t seem to think much of Catholics exercising their consciences. You Catholics don’t get to choose which rules you like and which rules you don’t. And that isn’t my take on it. Its the Bishop’s.
But I’m only getting started- the real outrage is here:
The allegation by Rep. Kennedy, a Democrat in his eighth term, is the most recent escalation in a bitter and unusually personal dispute between the men that began after the lawmaker criticized the nation’s Catholic bishops for threatening to oppose an overhaul of the health care system unless it tightened restrictions on publicly financed abortion. (emphasis is mine)
Uh huh. 45-49 million Americans without health insurance, people turned down for coverage because they once had a hangnail, the costliest health care system in the world WITHOUT everyone covered, … want me to continue?…And the nation’s Catholic Bishops oppose health care reform?
Perhaps there are a few older white guys in robes that should leave Patrick Kennedy alone and deal with their own consciences.
Yes, I’m quite finished.
P.s. I know my title sucks, I was uninspired.